GLOBAL AND LOCAL
DISCOURSE in and about THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
AIS 4100 capstone seminar, Peace and Justice
Diversity Requirement 3, Writing Intensive Req.
Spring 2010 T-TH 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm, SAC 210
The Arab and Islamic Studies capstone seminar examines the various
definitions of culture and the production of cultural meanings and
identities in the Arab world in the era of globalization. We'll
discuss the way Arab cultures are represented by looking at the
underlying ideologies, the assumptions that regulate thinking
and behavior, and the manner in which these assumptions are shaped,
produced and communicated through print and other media, the various
art forms, or popular culture (music, TV, films, advertisements,
etc). The course will provide theoretical tools and methodologies
that enable you to understand and to analyze cultural phenomena in
the Arab world.
To develop an understanding of major issues in
the discursive representation of the Arab and Islamic world, such as the
formation and representation of political and religious issues in relation to globalization and
local cultural practices and
the pertinent ideologies that shape them. Students will be given with
appropriate theoretical tools to understand and analyze these discourses and
their relation to power structures.
attendance and participation in class discussion;
only two classes
per semester may be missed without written medical justification and the work
assigned for and after that class must be done.
of an elected article (see the
completion of 3
analytical essays (approx. 4-5 pages each, complete with
works cited and following the MLA format)
to demonstrate your engagement with and
comprehension of the readings.
One of these
essays is based on the oral presentation and it is due the week after
One book Villanova. All
activities are mandatory
Reports of One Book Villanova activities (4
one-page reports, one of each activity)
All written work must be uploaded on the
10% and 10%
10% submitted essay 10%
Other 2 papers: 40% (20 each)
One book Villanova
Activities reports 20% (5% each)
evaluation of oral presentation and papers.
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